Study shows number of smokers in BX, state slowly being snuffed out

Local and statewide initiatives to fight tobacco use are beginning to pay off.

A study by the research group RTI International found since the year 2000, smokers are on a decline in Brooklyn and the state. According to the governor?s office, the largest decrease in smokers can be seen in high school students. Anti-smoking advocates say this is due to the passage of the Clean Indoor Air Act, high taxes on cigarettes and aggressive anti-smoking campaigns.

The governor?s office says it is committed an additional $5.3 million to local initiatives that will help community-based organizations join in the fight for tobacco-free schools.

Related LinkNew York State Smokers' Quitline - 1-866-NYQUITS (697-8487)

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